Corruption

Like many of his law-abiding compatriots, Petr Sourek resents how corruption rewards cheating and is a drag on economic growth. But unlike others he decided to try and profit—legally—from the Czech Republic’s sleazy intersection of business and politics.In 2011 he created Corrupt Tour, a company that offers a series of sightseeing tours that highlight, and mock, some of Prague’s most outrageous corruption scandals in the post-communist era.

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On the second day of the Supreme Court term, the justices debated whether limits on aggregate campaign contributions were necessary to prevent individual donors from corrupting politicians through quid pro quo gifts.

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This morning, Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested on 14 charges, including conspiracy and corruption, largely in connection with bribes exchanged in two real-estate deals in a borough where he served as mayor for ten years. Though the news has caused a stir, it should not have surprised anyone: Applebaum’s arrest is merely the latest in a series of corruption scandals involving Montreal officials on various levels, not to mention the mafia.

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